Dutch metal outfit ANOTHER NOW unveils their new track 'PARALLAX', taken from their debut full-length album ‘OMNI’ set for release 16th of June, 2021.
‘OMNI’ was produced and mixed by the band’s own Rik Bosmans (bass, vocals & production) and mastered by Darius van Helfteren (Noisia, Epica, De Staat) combining ethereal digital soundscapes, glitches and cruising, angular riffs that are accompanied by guttural screams and anthemic vocal melodies.
Vocalist Stef Rikken put his mark on ‘OMNI’ by tying together its themes and concepts with mental health, a subject close to his heart, working as a social worker in mental health care.
“It’s heartbreaking to witness the suffering of people struggling. There is a lot of stigma and misconceptions about mental health issues in our society” remarks Rikken. “Everything is portrayed black and white, while things are certainly much more complex.”
With their first record, the band hopes to manifest a mind-shift in their audience and beyond, aiming to counteract the stigmatization of psychological problems and creating more understanding and empathy. With the pandemic in full effect, these topics have become more relatable to a larger part of society as a global experience. “It is time we reshape our vision towards mental health by showing more understanding and empathy…”
The band’s lead single 'PARALLAX’ tells the story of an autistic protagonist, struggling to find healthy patterns in a world of chaos, not fitting in and searching for acceptance. It expresses the pains of feeling different and stigmatized while being excluded from the rest of society in a world that’s overwhelming.
“Parallax is about how people can perceive things from different viewpoints, as well as the urge to escape reality while being trapped in a dark place of your own. The longer you’re away from reality, the harder it gets to jump back in. It is about understanding your inner self with all the desires and flaws you have as a person.” - Stef Rikken
Another Now is a five-piece alternative metal band formed in Eindhoven, Netherlands, inspired by bands like Northlane, Bad Omens and Crystal Lake as well as the sickening and beautiful duality of society. The successful release of the band’s previous standalone singles ‘Lotus/Echoes‘ and, “Shijima’ (2019) combined with their energetic live performance resulted in a sold-out Melkweg (Amsterdam) show as support act for Ice Nine Kills and spots on festivals like Jera On Air, Popronde and Submitfest. 2020 saw the release of ‘Outflow’, which received support from the likes of WackenRadio (DE), Rhino Radio (UK), SiriusXM (US) as well as editorial Spotify playlist ‘New Blood’ laying the foundations for the band’s debut album.